2015 Editors’ Choice Awards

Our annual collection of noteworthy gear and technology

HOLDFAST GEAR MONEY MAKER What appeals to me about HoldFast Gear‘s innovative Money Maker camera-carrying solution isn’t simply that you can have up to three cameras at the ready—awesome for event and wedding photographers­—but that you can also attach HoldFast’s Explorer Lens Pouch and Indispensable Wallet to carry lenses,... Read more

The Shutter Sisters’ Great Gear Guide

Handpicked Cameras, lenses and accessories

Gathering an arsenal of the right camera equipment is important to all photographers—hobbyists, amateurs and pros alike. But what’s included in each collection is as diverse and unique as the perspectives of those photographers. In other words, no two camera bags are alike. No one knows that quite like the community at Shutter Sisters. With... Read more

New Gear: January/February 2015

WESTCOTT OMEGA REFLECTOR A go-to tool for both natural light shooters and speedlight users, the Westcott® Omega Reflector™ utilizes a shoot-through window and multiple reflective surfaces to offer the results of a beauty dish, ring flash and traditional reflector. The Omega Reflector offers a one-stop diffusion panel, white surface for soft light, silver surface for Read more…

WESTCOTT OMEGA REFLECTOR A go-to tool for both natural light shooters and speedlight users, the Westcott® Omega Reflector™ utilizes a shoot-through window and multiple reflective surfaces to offer the results of a beauty dish, ring flash and traditional reflector. The Omega Reflector offers a one-stop diffusion panel, white surface for soft light,... Read more

New Gear: September/October 2014

COMPACT 4K SHOOTER With a 1-inch, 20.1-megapixel MOS sensor, the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ1000 is the first compact camera to also shoot 4K video. Offering a 4K MP4 format, as well as 1920x1080p in AVCHD or MP4, the FZ1000 can capture 8-megapixel still images from 4K video footage. The high-sensitivity sensor reduces noise at high ISO Read more…

COMPACT 4K SHOOTER With a 1-inch, 20.1-megapixel MOS sensor, the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ1000 is the first compact camera to also shoot 4K video. Offering a 4K MP4 format, as well as 1920x1080p in AVCHD or MP4, the FZ1000 can capture 8-megapixel still images from 4K video footage. The high-sensitivity sensor reduces noise at high ISO (the camera... Read more

Ready To Roam

Bags, gear and accessories to travel light without sacrificing photo capability

Travel light and be prepared. These are the keys to enjoying photography away from home. Whether your destination is across the country or around the globe, having the right mix of photo gear helps ensure you’ll return with awesome images. Here are some ideas for equipment and accessories to get you thinking about your next photo adventure. Along... Read more

New Gear: July/August 2014

STRAP AND HOLSTER SYSTEM For active photographers, Cotton Carrier has created the Carry-Lite strap and holster system. Using a patented locking system, the camera hub slides in and securely mounts in the holster, then quickly releases when turned 90°. The removable side holster is made of durable 1680 Denier Polypropylene, fitted with a Lexan (polycarbonate Read more…

STRAP AND HOLSTER SYSTEM For active photographers, Cotton Carrier has created the Carry-Lite strap and holster system. Using a patented locking system, the camera hub slides in and securely mounts in the holster, then quickly releases when turned 90°. The removable side holster is made of durable 1680 Denier Polypropylene, fitted with a Lexan... Read more

New Gear: May/June 2014

ALL-IN-ONE LENS For photographers who want more flexibility with less gear, Tamron has announced the "All-In-One" 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD macro lens, providing an 18.8x zoom ratio for DSLRs with an APS-C-sized sensor. Tamron has adopted a new design approach to make the lens particularly compact, using UXR glass, a 5-lens-group zoom design Read more…

ALL-IN-ONE LENS For photographers who want more flexibility with less gear, Tamron has announced the "All-In-One" 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD macro lens, providing an 18.8x zoom ratio for DSLRs with an APS-C-sized sensor. Tamron has adopted a new design approach to make the lens particularly compact, using UXR glass, a 5-lens-group... Read more

The Do-It-All Lens

All-in-one zooms that can cover wide-angles to telephoto

Canon EF 24-105mm ƒ/4L IS USM Over time, many pros build up an impressive arsenal of lenses for specialized use, but if you’re just starting out, superzooms are a great way to save on cost while still being able to cover most subjects. Digital lens design has mitigated the difference in image quality between zooms and prime lenses for the... Read more

High-Power Monolights

For versatility in and out of the studio, these high-output strobes are ideal

When it comes time to invest in in serious strobe lighting, many photographers opt for the versatility of monolights. Whereas pack-based systems typically provide greater output (measured in watt seconds, or ws, equivalent to joules), monolights are modular, self-contained and less expensive—making them the ideal entrée into the studio strobe lighting... Read more

Pop-Up Studio

Build a kit of essential gear for shooting on location

What does it take to get pro results practically anywhere? This on-location shooting guide covers all the bases for shooting outdoors, at events or in your subject’s home or office. Much of this gear also is useful for creating an instant studio at home. Harbor Digital Design’s Ultimate Light Box Kit transforms your flash to create a soft,... Read more

New Gear: March/April 2014

COMPACT CONTINUOUS LIGHT If you’re taking advantage of HD video capabilities on Nikon 1 and COOLPIX cameras, the compact, even, continuous-light performance of the LD-1000 LED Movie Light accessory may peak your interest. With a built-in diffusion panel, the light provides consistent soft lighting, designed for supplementary video lighting while also being suitable for still Read more…

COMPACT CONTINUOUS LIGHT If you’re taking advantage of HD video capabilities on Nikon 1 and COOLPIX cameras, the compact, even, continuous-light performance of the LD-1000 LED Movie Light accessory may peak your interest. With a built-in diffusion panel, the light provides consistent soft lighting, designed for supplementary video lighting... Read more

New Gear: January/February 2014

SUPERZOOM CAMERA The 20.2-megapixel Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 with 24-200mm ƒ/2.8 Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* high-zoom lens provides incredible versatility in an all-in-one design, perfect for lightweight travel. Combining the large Exmor R CMOS sensor from the RX100 II and the new BIONZ X processor found in the high-end Alpha a7 and a7R, the RX10 Read more…

SUPERZOOM CAMERA The 20.2-megapixel Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 with 24-200mm ƒ/2.8 Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* high-zoom lens provides incredible versatility in an all-in-one design, perfect for lightweight travel. Combining the large Exmor R CMOS sensor from the RX100 II and the new BIONZ X processor found in the high-end Alpha a7 and a7R, the... Read more
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